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The Outsiders - A Deep Book
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Reader reviewed by Majken

Nothing gold can stay.
This is what Ponyboy is brainstorming over. Digging sunsets isn't maybe the first thing you see a greaser doing, but this is Ponyboys hobby. What does the quote mean?
The book The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton is a very realistic book (realistic fiction) that settles back about 50 years ago at the east coast of the U.S. The book is very realistic with no fairytale endings. The story is written in first person and told by Ponyboy, 14 years old. He is the one going through the pain, but also describing it in the book.
S.E. Hinton who wrote the book was only 17 years old when she started. The book was the first one she had ever written. She started it because she was angry at a Soc that had called her friends greasers. It made her express her feelings.
When I first started this book I was not very pleased. I thought the teachers made a bad choice, because it seemed everything else besides interesting. The beginning was confusing with the character descriptions but of course they were useful then later on. When read further on the book I even had some problems stopping to read when class was over because everything was so clear. That is also why I finished the book before half of the class. The middle of the book was a bit hard to understand also because everything went past so fast and I had problems to understand what was going on. One example is that first something very serious happened, then they moved and suddenly they were back. This just didnt seem realistic enough.
The main character of the book is Ponyboy. A couple of the minor characters are Sodapop (Soda) and Darrel (Darry), Pony's brothers. Then there is also the gang: Johnny, Dally, Steve, and Two-Bit. Soda is the nicest one in the gang and he cares about people. The characters in the book also call him movie-star handsome. Darry is a bit tougher then. He seems very hard, but it is because he wants other people to success in school and get a sophisticated job when he didn't. Johnny is often frightened and shy. Steve has a big mouth and is not very friendly. Two-Bit then again thinks that life is a joke. Two-Bit never takes anything very seriously.
They all go through a lot of adventures. For example in the beginning of the book Ponyboy gets jumped by 5 Socs. In the book there are two different sides, the rich side; the Socs, and the poor or mistreated side; the greasers. Later on in the book there are fights - mostly between Ponyboy and Darry - but one of the fights even lead to death. The fights between Darry and Ponyboy are nothing serious though, mostly about school and behavior Of course the police find out about the murder and soon they are caught. What is unfathomable with this is that they were claimed heroes after they saved kids in a burning church. Sadly some important characters die. Now if I reveal any more about the book you will understand the book before you read it, because the plot is very simple and easy to guess.
Some positive thoughts about this book are that it's very detailed and real. It feels like you are actually living with the characters. The book has satisfying action and a very clear and message to everyone. A negative thing is that it contains hard words from the 50's. Of course you can think about it in a positive way because it makes the book more realistic. If you don't understand, you can use a dictionary or internet.
My opinion of this book is very positive. I liked the author's way of writing and showing how unfair the world can be. She used many mental pictures to show the world and this relates pretty much to the present. I thought S.E. Hinton had a talented and excellent word choice. But mostly why I liked this book was because Ponyboy just seemed too much like me. He acted the same why but the only difference is that I have a lot of energy meanwhile he is more calm. I recommend everyone over 10 years old to read it. Younger kids might not understand the book as well as older children. But the world isnt fair, is it?
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A scary but realistic outside novel
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Reader reviewed by Suzie

"The four boys my brothers and I grew up with, we consider family" thought Ponyboy, the main character in The Outsiders. The greasers grew up together in a small town called Windrixville. They are like one big family. The Greasers have been through a lot, from experiencing child abuse to parents' death, to committing murder. Every greaser except Johnny and Ponyboy is a juvenile delinquent. The greasers are the poor, harmful, fearless teenagers. The greasers all look alike; its just their image, long greased hair, tough looks, and baggy clothes. They are all in the sixteen-twenty one age range except for Johnny and Ponyboy who are fourteen. The Socs are another gang; they're the rich, stuck up, and tough. A gang war between Socs and greasers has been going on since forever.
The book The Outsiders is realistic fiction. The plot in this book is realistic, although not many people are aware that these things happen in the world. However, a lot of people can relate to what is happening in the plot. The book is very dramatic, but also funny. When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be sort of more a boys book, very violent and sad. The Outsiders title made it a little scarier to. The books narration is in first person which I really loved about The Outsiders, because not many books are narrated in first person, which is my favorite type of narration.
Johnny is really scared of one group of Socs since one sad incident, when Johnny was walking home one day a blue mustang drove up and four guys came out. The only thing he remembered were the three rings on a Socs hand. They beat him up pretty badly and if it wasnt for Steve and Two-Bit he would die there. The two greasers found him lying in a blood puddle on a soccer field. Since then Johnny was really nervous around the Socs. About a month after that, Dally, Two-Bit, Johnny, and Ponyboy went to the movies and they met two girls Marcia and Cherry, Dally started hitting on them, but it wasnt working, he only scared them. Johnny didnt like how Dally was treating the girls, so for the first time he stood up to Dally and told him to lay off. Dallas left the group and after the movie the greasers walked the girls home. During the walk a blue Mustang drove up and Johnny noticed the rings. The girls had to leave with their boyfriends although they didnt want to. That day Johnny and Ponyboy got held back somewhere and came home past their curfew. Dally was really mad at Ponyboy and did something to him. Ponyboy ran away with Johnny and since then their luck starts getting worse and worse, they get tangled into a murder and have to run away.
This is a book everyone must read. I would definitely recommend it to middle school students, it is a book everyone can connect to in some way, and it is also very exciting and surprising; kind of unpredictable. The author, S.E. Hinton, definitely wrote it in a way that makes you want to read on and find out what happens next. The main themes in The Outsiders are violence, stereo-typing, and child abuse. The story was easy to understand because everything was very clearly described and the events were all organized, the plot wasnt all over the place. I also liked the authors style of writing because she keeps everything in the story believable because of all the life-like happenings and incidents. The book is also very straight forward.
After finishing the book The Outsiders I can say that this is the only book with such a plot that I liked, it was believable and I could imagine everything in the story. I could also connect to it in many ways. This book has somewhat humor in the dialogs. The book doesnt contain any miracles, the author tries to keep it as possible as it can get. All the violence in the book was also very realistic.

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"Mayor of Casterbridge" and "The Outsiders".
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Reader reviewed by Lukasz


Johnny never flinched when his parents hit him, even though it was fatally depressing him mentally.
Johnny is a character in The Outsiders, a fiction novel about life in gangs, written by S.E. Hinton. The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, is also a fiction novel about a mans tragic life. Even though these books have similarities about abuse, they are actually quite different.
The books Mayor of Casterbridge and The Outsiders are similar because they are fictional, they cover the subject of alcohol abuse, and explore poor and mistreating family situations. In the Mayor of Casterbridge the drunken man, Michael Henchard, sells his wife and only child and becomes psychologically broken. The Outsiders shows alcohol abuse when a gang becomes drunk, start a fight, and people are hurt. Michael Henchard in Mayor of Casterbridge has a broken relationship with his daughter. Beaten by his parents, Johnny in The Outsiders abhors his family and finds refuge in a gang.
The books Mayor of Casterbridge and The Outsiders are different because of their settings, their type of narration, and their storyline. In the Mayor of Casterbridge, the storyline is about one person, Michael Henchard, who loses something dear to him. Then he tries to correct himself but dies of jealousy. In this book, the narration is by third person. The setting is in a rural village, during the 1800s in England. For The Outsiders, the storyline is of a conflict between races and classes. It is a story of a whole gang and not just focusing on one person. The narration of this book is in first person. The setting of The Outsiders is in a large town during the 1950s in the USA. The Outsiders takes place in twenty days while The Mayor of Casterbridge covers the main characters whole life.
So I conclude this review by saying that these books have a few similarities, but are actually quite different. These books explore different cultures. In England life is more formal than in the U.S. In the U.S, etiquette is not as strict as in England. If you come to someones house, people would expect you to be more polite in England then in the U.S. I would recommend both books because you learn about human nature and that grownups are not perfect.


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The outsiders
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Reader reviewed by Blake

This is one of the books i have read that i actually finished once i got in to it i couldnt stop i finished before the whole class did this is my idea of a good book action packed and exciting i think it is amazing that best friends and brothers can bond together to form a family this is a good book i would recemend it !
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a must read
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Reader reviewed by nadia

a very mich must rad .this book will keep you up all night reading youll love it.sit down, relax and go.wants you start yu wont be able to stop.lets see.ponyboy.yep thats his reall name .hes a greaser.with long greay hair.him and his best buddy johny get into some some troble in a fight.them to on the road of what happens.one day there a crimianal the next day there a hero.ponyboy sure donsent feel that way when johny dies thought....
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Greasers .. to be remembered
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Reader reviewed by Rachel

This book was an option to read in my 8th grade class. But I didn't get the chance to read this book until my freshman year I wish I would have sooner. The Outsiders will leave an impression on you forever. Describing how people are segregated due to money and looks makes this book relateable to anyone. This is one book that will be on my book shelf forever and passed on to all my friends.
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the BEST book ever!!
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Reader reviewed by megan

this was my favorite book of all! it was kind of complicated, but if you really got deep into it, you would understand what really happens. it's about these kids called Greasers who are the tough guys in their town. but their rivals the Socs are even tougher and richer than they are. the greasers are like a family and everyone is just struggling to keep their job or to get into school. it's one of those books that you think "wow, this is really what happens on the other side". and let me tell you, the grass isn't greener on THAT side...
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one of the best books my school made me read
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Reader reviewed by justesourire

The Outsiders was about a boy named Pony (yeah Pony gotta problem with it?!? jk) who is in a gang called the Greasers. He lives with his two brothers. Soda is the younger of his two older brothers and is supposedly gorgeous and so has girls all over him. Danny is Pony's oldest brother and kinda plays the role of the parents that the don't have. Pony's best friend is named Johnny. Of course there has to be a rival gang: the Socs. Soc is short for Social. The socs have lots of money and don't mind showing it off.

Pony's adventure begins when his friend Johnny stabs (and kills) a Soc. Of course now they have to get the heck outta there. So with the help of Dallas, a fellow greaser, the runaway. Pony now has to kinda deal with everything and has plenty of time to think about things. Maybe there's more to life then Greasers and Socs. And is he really that weird because he loves to watch the sunset?
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